Guest Speakers

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Prof. Jim Mann Claire Pascoe Sarah Ulmer
Jim Mann has been Professor in Human Nutrition and Medicine at the University of Otago and Consultant Physician (Endocrinology) in Dunedin Hospital for the past 29 years.

He is a member of the Heart Foundation’s Board, Director of the World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre for Human Nutrition, the Edgar Diabetes and Obesity Research Centre at the University of Otago, the ‘Healthier Lives’ National Science Challenge and the New Zealand-China Non Communicable Diseases Research Collaboration Centre.  He is principal investigator for the Riddet Institute, a national Centre of Research Excellence at Massey University

He has been author and coauthor of over 300 publications and has written and edited textbooks and popular books.

Claire Pascoe is a Cycling Delivery Manager at the New Zealand Transport Agency, responsible for the culture change elements of the national cycling programme. In her previous position as senior cycling advisor, she played a lead role in the Urban Cycleways Programme development and delivery.

 Claire has been immersed in the world of cycling for over eight years in a variety of roles, including local government transport planning, community advocacy and programme development, cycle skills training and now as a cycling delivery manager.

Her Masters research focussed on the effectiveness of individualised transport planning in promoting transport behaviour change and she has since developed a number of programmes that have successfully encouraged more people to take up cycling.


Sarah Ulmer was the first New Zealander to win an Olympic cycling gold. She won a gold medal and set world records at the 2004 Summer Olympics at Athens. Sarah won the Halberg Award after Athens and was twice awarded the Lonsdale Cup. She is also a trustee for the Te Awa river trail.